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Napio’s exit leaves Monitor editors cursing ACME poaching instincts

KAMPALA. Just when Radio One staffers and Rhythm of the Night listeners are getting used to the fact that Jan Napio is quit-and-go from the station, unhealthy their counterparts at Daily Monitor will be picking pieces to only meet her on social media and occasional happening places.

Napio’s tour of duty at the Namuwongo-based newsroom ended last Friday. On Monday, a new page of the career book she is traversing is flipping open in her face. This one comes laced with the insignia of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) and more than double the what Monitor was paying her.

But the exit did not go without some headache for Daily Monitor managers. It’s a bit of damning for the inventors of irony that as the Monitor managers were swinging a huge axe on the heads of some staffers, sending the decapitated damps scattering in a basket of inflation whose index is worse than what the sugar prices are doing to the economy, they still had to try and convince Napio to stay.

Jan Napio

Jan Napio

Executive Editor Charles Odoobo Bichachi and Napio’s line manager Margaret Vuchiri locked themselves up in a cubicle for hours of retention talks but Napio’s mind was made up. The flowery talks of improved weighting sounded like the mosquito ritual on the ears of a potential victim, only that she did not slap the two managers like one would do to a flirting mosquito, never mind that her refusal was as good as a whack.

And if the managers felt it, they had to curse at something. The victim? ACME. They fumed and cursed ACME for luring Napio away. ACME, led by two former Daily Monitor top editors in Dr Peter Mwesige and Bernard Tabaire, has previously engaged the Namuwongo newsroom like a supermarket from where they can recruit. Grudgingly, Bichachi and Vuchiri decided that Japeth Obuku, who has been the deputy managing editor for production or something like that would revert to his old desk of editing letters and opinions.

Obuku is not impressed and has grown bald in all the wrong places in just two weeks but a job is a job and a transfer a transfer. What matters is Odia (the legend of the accountant is for another day.

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